Cooke S4/i lenses transform ‘Meet Your Master’ online expert interviews into intimate conversations

Director of Photography Alexander Hackinger has brought a cinematic yet intimate ambience to the Meet Your Master German series of inspirational and entertaining online courses with the use of Cooke S4/i prime lenses and ARRI Amira and Alexa Mini cameras.   Produced by Wolff Brothers, Meet Your Master is an online education platform enabling viewers to sign up to learn from specialists in their fields. … Read more

Mia Cioffi Henry / Superior

Lead Image: Filmmaker Erin Vassilopoulos (middle) and cinematographer Mia Cioffi Henry (left) (Credit: Matt Borowick) SECOND COMING Life has gone full circle for filmmaker Erin Vassilopoulos and cinematographer Mia Cioffi Henry at Sundance as they were nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize in 2015 for Superior and have returned with a feature version. … Read more

Oona Menges / The Host

Amsterdam Secrets Oona Menges / The Host Amsterdam Secrets Oona Menges / The Host BY: Ron Prince “Every single day we had to think on our feet with things changing, but my crew flowed like water, and I am pleased with the work we all did and what we achieved together to get the images … Read more

Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses bring beauty to the story of Cuba

Peter Chang, known for his IMAX and giant-screen work as cinematographer on Jerusalem and America Wild: National Parks Adventure, has completed his latest film, Cuba, which won the Best Documentary award at the 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and has begun releasing to museums, educational institutions and other giant screen and IMAX venues. … Read more

Cooke S4/I Prime Lenses convey the horrors of war in Catch-22

For the Hulu, six-episode Catch-22 drama, directed by Grant Heslov, Ellen Kuras ASC and George Clooney, cinematographer Martin Ruhe relied on two sets of Cooke Optics’ S4/i prime lenses matched with two ARRI Alexa Mini cameras. Based on the acclaimed Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 is set during World War II and revolves around a military … Read more

Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow

Dance Lesson Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow Dance Lesson Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow BY: Trevor Hogg After adapting William Shakespeare for his directorial debut Coriolanus (2011), Ralph Fiennes explored the mistress of author Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman (2013), and for his third effort delves into the defection of … Read more

DP Stuart White on The Conversation

Up and coming DP, Stuart White, wrote in with details about his work on The Conversation, which was screened as a finalist at the BSC Emerging Cinematographers Night. “20 pages, 44 scenes. Barcelona after dark. Actors thrown through windows, furious fights down stairwells, and high-speed motorbike chases across the city. The Conversation was written to … Read more

Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows

Stealing Hearts Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows Stealing Hearts Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows BY: Trevor Hogg Upon graduating from Santa Clara University in California, Sean Bobbitt BSC headed back to England believing that he would go straight into directing television shows. “Everywhere I went, people were kind but laughed as the average age for … Read more

Andrew Dunn BSC / The Children Act

Emma’s Dilemma Andrew Dunn BSC / The Children Act Emma’s Dilemma Andrew Dunn BSC / The Children Act BY: Ron Prince We all have to make choices and decisions, but some are more important, and can have a more profound effect, than others. In The Children Act, a film directed by Richard Eyre, produced by … Read more

Noah Greenberg / Lizzie

Passion & Murder Noah Greenberg / Lizzie Passion & Murder Noah Greenberg / Lizzie BY: Trevor Hogg Becoming a cinematographer was accidental for Noah Greenberg (Most Beautiful Island) who was originally a portrait photographer. “Craig William Macneill, the director of Lizzie, is very much to blame for this! We had become friends through work, and … Read more

Sean Bobbitt BSC / On Chesil Beach

The Facts Of Life Sean Bobbitt BSC / On Chesil Beach The Facts Of Life Sean Bobbitt BSC / On Chesil Beach BY: Ron Prince “Although there were some physical and logistical challenges, it was a really charming film to work on,” is Sean Bobbitt BSC’s immediate recollection about his time spent as cinematographer on … Read more

CNN’S Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History lensed with Cooke

For the historical vignettes in the CNN six-hour mini-series Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History, Dane Lawing SOC wanted each era to have its own look and a distinctly cinematic feel. To achieve this, he relied exclusively on Cooke S4/i prime lenses. Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History uncovers the truth about the … Read more

Bruno Delbonnel AFC ASC / Darkest Hour

Never Surrender Bruno Delbonnel AFC ASC / Darkest Hour Never Surrender Bruno Delbonnel AFC ASC / Darkest Hour BY: Ron Prince French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel AFC ASC says he was encouraged by the creative vision of innovative director Joe Wright to shoot what initially seemed an unlikely choice of project: the story of the newly-appointed … Read more

Cooke helps shed light on The Morning After

Shanra J. Kehl’s The Morning After, shot with Cooke S4/i lenses, features eight intercut vignettes shot in eight locations in 11 days, telling the story of the moment when you wake up next to someone… the next morning. “I’ve always been a really big fan of Cooke lenses,” said Kehl. “To my eye, you get … Read more

Cooke S4/i Primes add Warmth and Character to The Good Catholic

Writer/director Paul Shoulberg’s vision for his feature The Good Catholic was to have it not look like a typical romcom, but to take on a more naturalistic look and feel. To help achieve that vision, Cinematographer Justin Montgomery, who worked with Shoulberg on a previous short project, selected Cooke’s S4/i prime lenses to take advantage … Read more

Cooke lenses bring a period look to The Little Mermaid

A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be a real mermaid, in the 1930s period tale The Little Mermaid, a live-action film inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, co-directed by Chris Bouchard and Blake Harris, co-produced by Conglomerate Media, Kingsway Productions (II) and MVP … Read more

Nick Dance BSC shoots The Replacement with Cooke lenses

The Replacement, BBC1’s three-part prime time drama, was shot with Cooke S4/i lenses by Nick Dance BSC. Written and directed by Joe Ahearne and starring Morven Christie and Vicky McLure, the unsettling story follows a woman who falls pregnant just as she lands a big contract at work. Her maternity replacement, Paula, seems ideal at … Read more

VariCam 35 sheds light on BBC’s The Moorside

The VariCam 35 has taken centre stage on the popular BBC One docu-drama The Moorside, the most successful debut of a drama for the Corporation in 15 years. Set on Dewsbury’s Moorside estate, the series follows how a group of ordinary women brought the community together as one to try and find a child who … Read more

Uncoated Cooke S4/i lenses give a vintage look

Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has announced that it now offers uncoated front elements for its S4/i series. The uncoated front elements offer more choices to cinematographers, with lower contrast, milkier shadows, flares, streaks and other aberrations that give a ‘vintage’ look. The Cooke S4/i series currently … Read more

Netflix 4K Travelers delivers a natural cinematic look

Travelers, the latest science fiction series from creator Brad Wright, which released recently on Netflix in 4K UHD, was shot by DP Neville Kidd in 4K using a RED Dragon (S35 sensor), with a prime lens kit consisting of the full Cooke 5/i range (18mm, 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100mm and 135mm) with … Read more

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